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Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 23, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for U.S. House - District 23
Primary Aug. 26, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Steve; 3 Children: Rebecca, Jake, Shelby
Birth Date: 09/27/1966
Birth Place: Long Island, NY
Home City: Weston, FL
Religion: Jewish
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I support the Roe v. Wade decision."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Issue Position: Women. 1 January 2011. "As a woman who believes in the protection of reproductive choice, I affirm that abortions in this country should be safe, legal and rare. Currently, the law as upheld by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade protects a woman's decision to terminate a pregnancy during the first and second trimesters. After this stage, states may regulate the abortion procedure in way that are reasonably related to protection of the mother's health. I believe strongly in a woman's right to make educated medical decisions regarding her reproductive health. Not only do I support a woman's right to choose, but also her ability to obtain legal pharmaceuticals such as emergency contraception and birth control." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Wasserman Schultz Statement on Supreme Court's Decision on Partial Birth Abortions. 18 April 2007. "This callous decision sends a crystal clear message to a new generation of young women that they must not be complacent and they cannot take their reproductive rights for granted. These women have lived their entire lives with the freedom to make educated decisions about their health. We cannot allow their rights to be denied by a movement that places greater value on its blind philosophy than on the health of women." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "Let me be clear--no amendment, no word change could make this bill even close to acceptable. It is an insult to American women who require life-saving abortion care for health purposes, and a slap in the face to all American women who until now may have thought that their constitutional right to make their own private medical decisions about their body was safe." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Debbie Wasserman Schultz a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Florida State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the Peace Action 43 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of Peace Action West 43 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Did Not Vote on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. 30-Something Working Group. 23 March 2007. "If we are going to focus on the war on terror, we should be shifting our approach to the war in Afghanistan, where we provide a significant infusion of funding, badly needed funding so that we can turn Afghanistan back around." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Issue Position: Military and Defense. 1 January 2010. "While President Obama has responsibly brought our combat commitment in Iraq to a responsible conclusion, seven years of combat commitments there unfortunately distracted us from Afghanistan and from bringing Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden--those who attacked us on September 11, 2001--to justice. During that time, pro-Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters have not only aggressively re-established control of parts of Afghanistan, but they have also taken firm root in Pakistan, an unstable--and, more importantly, a nuclear-armed--country. To be sure, failing in Afghanistan also means failing in Pakistan. For our own national security, and for our allies, failure is not an option." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Responsible Redeployment From Iraq Act. 12 July 2007. "The success of our military depends on a sound strategy. Yet, instead of fighting terrorists in the mountains of Afghanistan, our armed forces are overextended after four years of refereeing a civil war in the sands of Iraq." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. 30-Something Working Group. 23 March 2007. "If we are going to focus on the war on terror, we should be shifting our approach to the war in Afghanistan, where we provide a significant infusion of funding, badly needed funding so that we can turn Afghanistan back around." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. 30-Something Working Group. 8 February 2006. "Under President Bush's budget, when omitted costs are included, we have deficits for as far as the eye can see. You have a projected rise in the deficit to $556 billion by 2016. And when we talk about omitted costs, people might say, what do you mean by omitted costs? Like the fact that this budget does not include any spending on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan after next year." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Rep. Wasserman Schultz Votes to Fund Troops, Hold Iraqis Accountable, Will Continue to Fight to End the War. 24 May 2007. "Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz supported House passage of two amendments to H.R. 2206 - the Iraq Supplemental, which would fully fund the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for the next four months and provide for essential emergency needs here at home." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 10 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. CNN "The Situation Room" “ Transcript. 20 January 2012. "I mean, Mitt Romney has a pattern of a total lack of conviction, a willingness to say or do anything to get elected. I think there will be a dramatic contrast, no matter which one of the Republicans ultimately are their nominee, between President Obama, who's been fighting hard. And people know that -- and will continue to point out that he's been fighting to make sure that we can balance the cuts that we know we need to make to reduce our deficit, at the same time making sure that everyone in America pays their fair share, that we have a tax rate that makes sense and that we make sure that people like Mitt Romney's secretary don't pay a higher tax rate than he does. There are millions of middle-class families, as we learned Tuesday, when Mitt Romney reported that he -- his tax only approaching 15 percent, millions of American families who make far less than he does, pay taxes at a higher rate than Mitt Romney does." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. CNN "The Situation Room" “ Transcript. 3 September 2012. "Wolf, we need to focus on our debt relief and deficit reduction. We need to do that in a balanced way. What the Republicans want to do, under the Romney/Ryan budget, is ask the middle class to pay for more budget busting tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. The Romney/Ryan budget actually adds $5 billion in tax breaks skewed to the wealthiest, most fortunate Americans. President Obama thinks that we need to make sure to ask everybody to pay the fair share, pay more if you're fortunate so everybody in America can have the chance to be successful, Wolf. Not just the people who already are." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC Speech. 6 September 2012. "I am a proud Democrat, but the choice in this election has nothing to do with party and everything to do with people. People who believe that a senior needs Medicare more than a millionaire needs a tax cut. And people who believe our president's message to the middle class should be "we're on your side," not, "you're on your own." These are President Obama's priorities. They are our priorities." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Debbie Wasserman Schultz a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Accomplishments of President Obama and the 111th Congress. 18 May 2010. "By the time President Obama took office in January of '09, we literally were at 700,000-plus jobs lost, and that continued all the way up until February of '09 with the passage of the American Economic Recovery Act. Now, I've heard a lot of malarkey in the news media out there, and particularly quite a lot from our friends on the other side of the aisle, about the supposed absence of job creation that the Recovery Act generated. Well, the numbers don't lie, Mr. Speaker." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. CNN "The Situation Room" “ Transcript. 12 August 2011. "And with the Recovery Act, the reason that you've got about six percent unemployment here in Iowa, much lower than the national average, is that you've got 34,000 jobs that were created here alone from the Recovery Act. So, Iowa has benefited, America has benefited from Barack Obama's leadership, and Rick Perry or any other presidential candidate can't hold a candle to him." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. One Year After Passage, Recovery Act (Stimulus) Is Working. 17 February 2010. "One year after the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly called the "stimulus," our efforts to create jobs and rebuild the economy are working. Independent analysis shows Recovery Act has saved and sustained more than 2 million jobs, cut taxes for 95% of working Americans, offered tax cuts and loans to millions of small businesses, extended unemployment and COBRA health benefits for those looking for work, and started to lay a new foundation for our economy with key investments in high speed rail, clean and efficient energy, high-speed broadband and wireless communications, and electronic medical records." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Recovery Act Working. 3 March 2010. "Experts agree that the Recovery Act is already responsible for saving or creating 2 million jobs, and we remain on track to create and save at least an additional 3 1/2 million jobs by the end of the year [¦] the Recovery Act has helped pull us back from the brink of economic disaster and is helping us lay a firm foundation for our economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Correcting the Record. 27 July 2010. "We want to make sure that we protect companies and give tax breaks and incentivize companies that make decisions to create jobs here in the United States, in your district in New York, in your district in Ohio, in districts across this country." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "Educating our youth is the cornerstone to productive future generations of Americans and equipping them to compete in a globalized market. We must make a national commitment to education by strengthening our public K-12 schools, fully funding special education, and modernizing our classrooms." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Continued Misdirection of the Country. 10 May 2006. "Literally, the Republican House budget resolution would make the biggest cut, and I think I am right, correct me if I am wrong, the biggest cuts to the Department of Education in 23 years. I guess the only thing that would be worse would be when they proposed to completely eliminate the Department of Education, but they are not doing that. They simply have the biggest cut in 23 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsed Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Video: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "I Support the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011". "I'm Debbie Wasserman Schultz, I'm a member Congress from South Florida and I support the Fix Guns Act of 2011. http://www.fixgunchecks.org/ (www.youtube.com)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Debbie Wasserman Schultz a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. "What's more disturbing is that this bill jeopardizes public safety by mandating that States honor even the most lax concealed-weapon laws of other States. The gentleman from Illinois is incorrect: this is about criminals. For my constituents in south Florida, gun control is a serious issue. Miami-Dade County has one of the highest rates of gun violence in the country. In the entire State of Florida, there are almost 800,000 permits for concealed firearms." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Repealing Health Care Will Harm South Floridians and Millions of Americans. 7 January 2011. "There is a human face to repealing health care," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz, citing the case of 19-year-old Chastity Hart of Miami, who was diagnosed with Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease three years ago. "Plain and simple, repealing health care will rob health security from Chastity and millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. CNN "The Situation Room" “ Transcript. 23 September 2010. "And what is particularly galling, Wolf, is that on September 23, the day that the patient's bill of rights reforms actually go into effect -- and as a breast cancer survivor, I can tell you that that is particularly disturbing to me, that -- for example, someone like me is one job loss away from being dropped or denied coverage because of my preexisting condition." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2011. "For the first time in history, we have passed a comprehensive health care reform bill that will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care, while having the added benefit of significantly reducing long-term health care costs. When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Affordable Care Act") is fully implemented, we will leave behind a U.S. health care system that spends more per capita than any nation on earth, yet is ranked dead last among industrial nations for quality, access and efficiency." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Knowledge is Best Defense in Fight Against Breast Cancer. 11 October 2011. "That is why the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that Congress passed in 2010 is so important. The Act eliminates disparities by driving down the cost of health care and extending coverage to 31 million uninsured or under-insured Americans. This comprehensive law puts an emphasis on prevention and wellness, so that medical professionals can turn our nation's sick care system into a true health care system." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" “ Transcript. 9 November 2011. "And we know that women care about creating jobs and getting the economy turned around. And we know that they have (AUDIO BREAK) the policies could have been put forward by Republicans who are embracing the Tea Party. I mean, Chris, the Republicans, first act in the House of Representatives was to repeal HR-1, the Affordable Care Act, which made sure that women couldn't get dropped or denied coverage for simply being a woman. A woman was treated as a preexisting condition." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. More Seniors Are Receiving Rx Discounts and Free Preventive Care. 11 August 2011. "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (health care reform) is already helping millions of seniors on Medicare receive improved care while reducing out-of-pocket costs." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Serve as Vice-Chair of House LGBT Equality Caucus. 9 June 2008. "These 'marriage protection amendments' strip away the ability to visit loved ones in the hospital, harms our seniors, eliminates insurance benefits for non-married couples, and requires the government to take an even larger role in all our lives." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. " [¦] same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Recognizing June As LGBT Month. 29 June 2010. "As a founding Vice-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I have consistently voted to expand civil rights for the LGBT community by ensuring federal protection from hate-motivated violence and by providing remedies for unfair discrimination in the workplace. I have fought for equality for all of Florida's families--from full marriage equality to repealing Florida's painful ban that prohibits loving gay and lesbian parents from adopting children." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Statement Supporting Marriage Equality for All Americans. 23 February 2011. "I celebrate today's decision by President Obama and Attorney General Holder to stop defending the unconstitutional "Defense of Marriage Act' (DOMA) in federal court. This is a bold step forward toward equality for LGBT families, who want nothing more than to be treated with the same dignity and respect afforded other married couples." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Debbie Wasserman Schultz supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. 30-Something Working Group. 5 April 2005. "What is unbelievable about the private accounts is that the President, at least in my listening to him, has sold them as almost like it would be an addition to your Social Security benefits. But the reality of his vague plan is that you would not get your private account and your Social Security benefits. There would be a commensurate cut in your Social Security benefits in proportion to what is in your account; approximately a 46 percent cut in your Social Security benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Issue Position: Social Security. 4 January 2012. "Social Security should not be privatized, and I will never stop fighting to protect the basic concepts on which it was founded under the New Deal." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Social Security Reform. 10 March 2005. " [¦] in order to privatize Social Security and make the transition to private accounts, that would cost $1.4 trillion in borrowing in the first 10 years of the plan." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Social Security. 21 April 2005. "We are continuing to try to educate our generation and other generations about the significantly negative impact that privatizing Social Security would have on them. As much as the President [¦] would like to lead people to believe that privatization is not going to harm people 55 and older [¦] we know differently." (votesmart.org)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Thirty-Something Working Group. 27 June 2005. "Privatization balloons the deficit. It cuts benefits; and yet every version of their proposal, the premise of it is to privatize Social Security, and that pulls the safety net out from future retirees and, quite honestly, from people who are about to retire." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xh) Other or expanded principles

I support the Roe v. Wade decision.

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Budget Priorities
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
e) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
g) International aid
h) Law enforcement
i) Medical research
j) National parks
Greatly Increasek) Public health services
Greatly Increasel) Scientific research
m) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
o) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
a) Armed Forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
c) Military hardware
d) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
e) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
g) Programs to improve troop retention rates
h) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
a) Less than $25,000
b) $25,000-$75,000
c) $75,000-$150,000
d) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Retiree Income
f) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
a) Charitable contributions
b) Child tax credit
c) Earned income tax credit
d) Medical expense deduction
e) Mortgage deduction
f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
f) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
g) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
h) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Yesi) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Yesj) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
g) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
Xh) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xi) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xj) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
k) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
l) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
e) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
h) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
i) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xk) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xl) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xm) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
n) Other or expanded principles
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
h) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
Xa) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
Xd) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
d) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
e) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xg) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xi) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
j) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xl) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
j) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
e) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
f) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xg) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xh) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
Xi) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xj) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
k) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
Xl) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xm) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
g) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
b) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
c) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Discuss your proposals for the reconstruction of Iraq. What funding sources would you use to implement these proposals? (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
e) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
b) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
c) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
No4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs"?
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
a) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
b) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
c) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
d) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yese) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
b) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement regulation of Internet content.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
e) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
f) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xh) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
c) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
f) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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